Your Daily Routine

I thought it might be helpful for some of us newbies if everyone could just give us a brake down of their daily routine and exactly what they do.

For me, I feel like I've been COwashing too much (like everyday) but it's the only way I can detangle my hair.

My daily routine for my 3B hair is:

1.) wet hair
2.) add V05 Moisture Milk Condish (Strawberries & Cream) and rubbing scalp. Flip hair and finger comb adding more condish as needed.
3.) rinse hair
4.) depending on how hair feels I may condish with something heavier or else more V05 and only lightly rinse
5.) add leave-in
6.) add styling products and scrunching
7.( scruch with tee-shirt

Most of the time this leaves me with curls, but sometimes they are too stringy or frizzy and my hair is most def very dry. Looking to see how other curlies manage their hair.

What do you gals do?
3B with some 3a. Fell off but am now back on the CG bandwagon and looking for my HG products.
This is a similar thread from the 3A forum. http://www.naturallycurly.com/phpBB/...ic.php?t=93040

Here's my routine, with a few changes from above post:

* Shampoo with EMBS or co-wash
* Apply conditioner and comb through. I let the conditioner sit on my hair while I do everything else
* When I'm done, I aim the shower head down, flip my head upside down, and rinse with cold water
* Still upside down, squeze a little bit of water just on the ends. My hair is still dripping wet at this point.
* Rake through my leave-in if I'm using one that day (either Garnier Curl & Shine, CJ Hibiscus & Banana, or Sebastian potion 9)
* Apply AG recoil/L'Oreal OOB by first raking, then scrunching in. At this point my hair is still very wet but not dripping
* Smooth then scrunch in gel or mousse
* Scrunch with my hands or a Viva paper towel, and scrunch in a tiny bit more of mousse/gel just into the ends
* Plop in microfiber turban for 15-20 minutes (longer on weekends when I have time). I don't stand up until my hair is plopped. Everything is done upside down.
* Flip head upside down again, take off turban, and start diffusing using the pixiecurl method. I scrunch the hair with my diffuser, and usually hold it at my scalp for a minute or so before turning it off and moving onto another section. I dry until hair is about 70% dry.
* Stand back up, arrange the curls around my part, and clip the roots near my part. On weekends, I keep the clips in until hair is completely dry, but usually I have to take them out before that.
* When hair is completely dry, I flip my head over and gently scrunch with fingers until no longer crunchy
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Here's all you have to know about men and women: women are crazy, men are stupid. And the main reason women are crazy is that men are stupid. ~ George Carlin
Curly hair takes a lot of work, eh? LOL... I think the amount of time I spend on my hair every morning has trippled since becoming a CG, but then again before I usually just wore my hair in a bun or pony tail all the time! LOL
3B with some 3a. Fell off but am now back on the CG bandwagon and looking for my HG products.
It seems like a lot of steps, but it really doesn't take me that long. The only part that takes a lot of time is waiting for it to dry.
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1. scalp wash with a gentle shampoo (rinse warm)
2. condition hair and scalp
3. detangle with wide-toothed comb (rinse cool)
4. leave in coconut oil
5. smooth/scrunch in gel
3b-3c CG
Cowash or shampoo (mostly cowash)
Condition/detangle & rinseout
Apply a leave in
Apply styler or gel (or both) in large sections than rake and smooth in smaller sections through my fingers to style and distribute thoroughly
Air dry, then rub a little moisturizing cream or pomade to stretch out a bit

For day 2+ hair--
Just dampen/steam in shower or run wet hands through it; I tie in scruncis while I bodywash, then undo to style
A smidge of conditioner as leave in (sometimes I skip this)
A little Milkshake+ Devacurl Set it Free rubbed in large sections, followed by even smaller bit of Confident Coils+Set it Free as needed
Rake, style, airdry, etc.

Takes 10 minutes or so.
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Playing with my hair is a hobby. Fluffy, fine natural 4a. Goal= Healthy, beautiful hair that retains its length.
Hear that crash? It's me falling off the CG wagon.
1. If I feel like my hair/scalp need it, I co-wash or shampoo (with a no sulfate shampoo like Kiss My Face), rinse
2. Then I condition (which I do nearly every day, with or without washing), rinse
3. Squeeze out excess water and flip over
4. Apply leave-in conditioner, sometimes rake with wide tooth comb a few times
5. Apply styling creams (re:coil, LOOB, or others) by smoothing over canopy, underside, and sides (still flipped over)
6. Apply gel same way
7. Plop for 15-20 minutes
8. Diffuse for about 10 minutes, to just get the ends dry so they don't weigh down my curls
9. Wait patiently (or not) for hair to dry so I can scrunch out crunch

embracing my inner curl since late Nov 2006
2b/3a (I think?)
color-treated red/brown, medium-textured hair
PJ, currently using Suave citrus smoothie, B2B pom cond, GF C&S leave-in, AG re:coil, LOOB, HE SMU, Jessicurl HCC, CC, AIS
My routine is as follows:

1a) ONLY on COwash days - CO with No-Poo, enough to fit in the palm of my hand. I only do this once a wee, if that. Usually every week to week and 1/2.
1b) every other day - let the water run over my hair, running my fingers through a little bit to get loose hairs that didn't fall previous day, due to gel.
2) Apply Nature's Gate condish, roots to ends, and comb hair. Depending on how conditioned my hair feels already, I may leave it in while I finish washing up, or I'll go ahead and rinse out.
3) hang head upside down before I turn the water off, making sure all my hair is falling down, instead of collected on top.
4) smooth in gel (HEBE or Dep Texture, depending on needed hold that day), and then scrunch.
5) Plop for 5-10 mins, then pixiecurl diffuse.

**It's good to note that I don't condition every day. Some days, if my hair has no tangles, snags, etc., then I'll just skip the conditioning steps. Also, for 2nd day hair, I spritz with lavender water mixed w/ a tiny bit of jojoba oil, and then scrunch in a small bit of gel.
3B Corkscrew... I'm back on the boards now! Just got The Big Chop on Monday, pics coming soon.
I wash every day - I have to because my scalp is really oily, plus it's very humid where I live.

Here's my routine:

Wash with whatever cheapie, 'cone-free cond. I have on hand OR Jessicurl GLS (depends on the weather, how my hair has been behaving, etc.) Massage product into scalp. If doing CO wash, I'll run it through the length of my hair and clip it up while I shower. If using GLS, I'll rinse, then apply Aloeba cond. and clip hair up.

Rinse hair upside down, using cool water (again massaging scalp if it's a CO day).

While still in the shower and while hair is sopping wet, apply Batia & Aleeza gel, finger comb through. Scrunch in more, blot with micro fiber towel. Scrunch in a bit more.

Diffuser dry while scrunching hair, for about 5-7 minutes, to encourage curl formation. Then I stop scrunching and just diffuser dry for another 7 - 10 minutes (time required depends on weather, etc.) I let it air dry the rest of the way (usually an hour or so), then scrunch out the crunch. (The longer I can leave it in the "crunchy" state, the more defined and longer-lasting my curls are, but some days, I'm short on time and have to scrunch out the crunch sooner than I'd like.)
On the days that I wash (2-3 x a week max), it goes like this:

~Wash with Devacurl No-Poo or co-wash with Suave Naturals Coconut or Mixed Berry Smoothie. Massage my scalp really, really well and until my arms are almost sore and then let it sit for a minute before rinsing out. I will wash with Devacurl Low-Poo about once or twice a month at the most, but that's the strongest cleanser I will use.

~I do a warm honey rinse by filling a plastic container with warm water (around 2 cups) and then pour about 1-2 tbs of honey in it, shake it around to dissolve it and then pour it over my hair.

~Condition with one of the following: Devacurl One C, Kenra Moisturizing condish, Jessicurl Too Shea, Elucence Curls Ecstacy Asian Tea condish (I only have one bottle of the CG-safe one left, so I'm using it sparingly). Those are my favorite conditioners. Other ones I use are Curl Junkie coconut (forget the name), Regis Olive Oil, LaCoupe Silky Smooth. I use a LOT of condish due to hair length and my tangle-prone hair. 3-4 palmfuls is not uncommon for me.

~ I let the condish stay on for no less than 3 minutes, but usually at least 5 mins. I then detangle with my fingers/finger-comb and rinse with cold water.

~ Cold honey rinse (same process as warm honey rinse but with cold water).

~ I apply a tiny bit of leave-in condish - usually either Curl Junkie H&B leave-in, CJ IP leave-in, Elucence, or if it's One C then I just leave some in from when I've conditioned with it (meaning I might not rinse that one all the way out).

~While my hair is still sopping wet, I apply whichever stylers I want. Usually I pick a cream styler* and then a gel* over that. I apply them both the same way, but the cream one is always first. I flip my hair/head over and smooth the cream styler all along the lengths of my hair, and then repeat with the 'under' side, making sure it's all coated. Then I scrunch it in and repeat the same process with gel and then scrunch firmly but gently all over with a very thick and absorbent cloth-like paper towel.

~I then plop with a soft t-shirt for about 20 minutes, sometimes 30, sometimes 15, and then I may or may not diffuse for 5 minutes before adding clips at the roots and air-drying the rest.

~when my hair is almost dry I take down the clips and spray Devacurl SIF into my hands and smooth that all over and scrunch. Then I'm done.
Sounds like a lot, but it's really quicker than it looks.

*For cream stylers it's usually one of the following: LOOB, Recoil, Pink Boots, Curl Junkie Coffeecoco cream, Curl Junkie Guava cream (w/o protein)

*For gels, it's one of the following: Batia & Aleeza gel, Abba Weightless gel, Herbal Essences Set Me Up gel, and in the summer I use Devacurl Angell.

* I DT once a week for at least 45 mins under the microheatcap and Jessicurl WDT.

* I pineapple and sleep on a satin pillowcase everynight.
3a/2c f/mii. pics added 2/3/07
lushaholic--how do you honey rinse? do you run it through your hair with your fingers, do you just pour it over your head and let it run down your hair....?
Lushaholic,

Do you honey rinse twice? Once warm and once cold? I tried doing a honey rinse, but my hair seemed too frizzy, but I'm wondering if I used too much honey.
3B with some 3a. Fell off but am now back on the CG bandwagon and looking for my HG products.
curlsrock, yes I just pour it over the hair, as if I was pouring water over my hair. Make sense?

CurlyQTPie, yep I do it twice, warm and cold, but sometimes I just do the cold. I do the warm mainly when my hair feels like it needs extra moisture.
3a/2c f/mii. pics added 2/3/07
Curly the honey rinses make my hair frizzy too. Sort of dirty looking by the second time I do them. I think my hair just hangs onto too much of the honey. I tried way less honey today but my hair was having none of it.
I co washed it and started over and I'm having a great hair day now.
2c/3a?
Low porosity, medium texture.
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If it smells good put it in your hair, if it tastes good spit it out!
1. If I feel like my hair/scalp need it, I co-wash or shampoo (with a no sulfate shampoo like Kiss My Face), rinse
2. Then I condition (which I do nearly every day, with or without washing), rinse
3. Squeeze out excess water and flip over
4. Apply leave-in conditioner, sometimes rake with wide tooth comb a few times
5. Apply styling creams (re:coil, LOOB, or others) by smoothing over canopy, underside, and sides (still flipped over)
6. Apply gel same way
7. Plop for 15-20 minutes
8. Diffuse for about 10 minutes, to just get the ends dry so they don't weigh down my curls
9. Wait patiently (or not) for hair to dry so I can scrunch out crunch

Originally Posted by sfisher323
question.. so do you scrunch at all with any of the products?
I'm slowly thinking that is my problem!
In DESPERATE need of a haircut.
Curly the honey rinses make my hair frizzy too. Sort of dirty looking by the second time I do them. I think my hair just hangs onto too much of the honey. I tried way less honey today but my hair was having none of it.
I co washed it and started over and I'm having a great hair day now.
Originally Posted by medusahair
I bet the fact that you already live in a more humid climate is what makes the honey rinses cause more frizz for you, since the honey acts as a humectant and attracts moisture. Make sense?
3a/2c f/mii. pics added 2/3/07
yeah that's probably it. I just don't need honey where I live
2c/3a?
Low porosity, medium texture.
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